The ACWA Board of Directors, its officers and members would like to welcome you to the online home of the American Chuck Wagon Association, a 501.c.3 organization.
The American Chuck Wagon Association started out as a small group of Old West enthusiasts and has expanded to world wide association preserving the American past through competitions, demonstrations, charity and school events and other venues.
Our work is funded by sponsorships (see the power point presentation shown below-right); tax-free donations, honorariums and memorials
(We are a 501.c.3 organization);
cookbook, note card & cap sales in our General Store (go shopping), as well as membership dues.
For donations, honorariums and memorials, you may send a check to:
ACWA, 1723 East Tate Street, Brownfield, TX 79316 or call Nancy Sparks at (806)215-7851 with credit card information. For Honorariums and Memorials, please include the name of the person remembered/honored, and address for a thank you card.
Our youth are our future and the ACWA supports activities directly involving them. We encourage producers to offer youth
competition at their cook offs whenever possible. Many of our cooking crews include young people at the cook offs.
The Association also periodically honors an outstanding young cook with the Rookie of the Year award.
In addition, the ACWA offers scholarships (read more) to selected individuals each year. If interested, download an application here. Scholarship recipients for the upcoming school year are Clell Swanson, Canton, SD, and Ty Robertson, Granbury, TX.
Another way to involve and educate our youth is with demonstrations. At one cook off, invitations were given to area schools to come on Friday. There were busloads coming and going a good portion of the day. The students were wonderful and the three host wagons enjoyed sharing their camps and telling a little about the history of the chuck wagon and the trail drives.
Want to take home some of that authentic, Old West taste and style? Now you can with ACWA Cookbooks, beautiful note cards and caps!
Many of our members offer catering services. Check out the link above to contact one of them about bringing some of the finest chuck wagon cooking to your next event.
I want to take this opportunity to inform you of what the ACWA has been doing for more than two years and why we, as your board of directors, have undertaken the task of sanctioning chuck wagon events.
April 5, 2014, a group of ACWA members met in Abilene, Texas to discuss the future of the ACWA and identify what was needed to increase membership and all around growth in the association. Many items were identified such as non-wagon owners, accurately educating public about chuck wagon era and increase awareness of the ACWA.
We have been informing ACWA members as to our progress in the ACWA newsletters and on the ACWA website. We have sent out the sanctioning rules along with wagon and food judging sheets so that competition sites and wagon owners can respond with their input. We have incorporated a number of these remarks/concerns into the "sanctioning rules." A professional cinematography company has produced an instructional video to educate wagon judges and wagon owners alike as to the things to look for in judging a wagon. In the video there are sections depicting historical aspects of the chuck wagon era, including clothing, utensils and accouterments. We plan to show the final product at the ACWA annual meeting in Fredericksburg, Texas on October 31, 2015. Copies will be made available for purchase at the same time. Our plans presently are to begin qualifying for the championship on January 1, 2016, and wagon teams will earn these points by:
1. Entering and winning a sanctioned event with 4-6 wagons and you will accumulate 1 point.
2. Entering and winning a sanctioned event with 7-12 wagons and you will accumulate 2 points.
3. Entering and winning a sanctioned event with 13+ wagons and you will accumulate 3 points.
4. Win any food category at a sanctioned event and you will receive 1 additional point.
5. Win Best Wagon category and you will receive 1 additional point.
The wagon team accumulating the most points over the 2016 calendar year will qualify for the Championship. We project there will be a minimum of twenty wagons with the possibility of increasing that number according to how the points accumulate after twenty places. If there is a natural break after twenty we will stay at twenty. If the break (meaning a number of points between places) occurs somewhere after 20, then we wil take that into consideration
The ACWA is presently developing strategies to seek title sponsorship for the event. Grants are being looked at and sought after to offset the many expenses that will incur by putting on such an event. Several corporate sponsors have been identified and will be approached for their involvement in the process and event.
The estimated expense of the event will be in the neighborhood of $100,000 with the top two prizes being in the five figure range with third, fourth and fifth place paying four figures. Food categories, we project each will pay $1000, $750, $500, $250 and $125.
I would highly recommend you join us in Fredericksburg, Texas, at the annual meeting so we can give you the latest information pertaining to the state of the ACWA. We have an awards program we are presently accepting nominations for that will be awarded during the annual meeting as well as the election of new board members and officers. We do hope that you will join us in making this the biggest annual meeting to date. I urge you to continue to be involved with your association and if you have not been involved up to this point come out and see what we are doing and ask about how you can be involved. We have many roles for volunteers and truly need your help.Sincerely,
In 1996 at a chuck wagon competition in Amarillo, Texas, a small
group of Old West enthusiasts and wagon masters talked about an
association. The mission would be to preserve the heritage of the chuck
wagon and its use in the short, but significant, era of the cattle
drives. In 1997, in Bryson, Texas, by-laws and articles of operation
were adopted and the American Chuck Wagon Association was off and
running. Today there are members in 31 states, Canada, Germany and